UI’s current lowest wage for student employees? $8.20

More than half of the 10,000-plus undergraduate student employees at the University of Iowa make less than $10.10 per hour this year, according to data recently released by the university.

The $10.10 level represents the local minimum wage for 2017 approved by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. The Iowa Legislature, however, voted this year to strip local governments of their authority to set a minimum wage higher than the state’s.

Iowa’s minimum wage has been set at $7.25 for the past decade.

“It’s really disappointing that the university doesn’t pay over half its student employees $10.10 an hour,” said Brad Pector, a UI senior who requested data from the university. “That’s just barely a living wage in Iowa City.”

So far in 2017, 809 student employees made $8.20 per hour, the lowest wage listed among the 10,269 employees. An additional 1,179 made between $8.21 and $9.14 per hour, according to the data released Monday.

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